10 Simple Solutions to Chronic Pain: How to Stop Pain from Controlling Your Life (The New Harbinger Ten Simple Solutions Series)

10 Simple Solutions to Chronic Pain: How to Stop Pain from Controlling Your Life (The New Harbinger Ten Simple Solutions Series)

Blake H. Tearnan

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 1572244828

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Get Chronic Pain Under Control

Have you tried a number of approaches to manage chronic pain without much relief? The discouraging cycle of hope followed by frustration and continued pain can be as damaging to your quality of life as pain itself. To address this problem, the most current approaches to pain management advocate living well despite pain. They encourage pain sufferers to set aside their struggle with pain and learn the skills they need to stay engaged with life. Distilled from the very best of these techniques, 10 Simple Solutions to Chronic Pain offers you ten simple, effective solutions for thriving with chronic pain.

First, you'll get a quick introduction to the physiology of pain. Then it's down to the business of improving your quality of life: You'll learn tips for getting better sleep, ways to build a strong support system, and techniques for overcoming fear, anxiety, and depression. You'll discover better ways to communicate with doctors about your problems and find out which treatment options are likely to do you the most good. With the advice in this book, you can move from a debilitating cycle of pain to a full and rewarding life.

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essential to feeling energized, and also essential to managing your pain. Chapter 8 is devoted to this important topic. To Medicate or Not Numerous medications are prescribed for depression and anxiety. Despite their enormous popularity, they aren’t effective for all people and most have the potential for bothersome side effects. You can definitely improve your mood without the use of antidepressants or other medications, including tranquilizers. Antidepressants, as an example, aren’t

warm. If neighborhood noise is keeping you awake, turn on a fan or buy a white noise generator to mask the sound. Get a comfortable pillow and use more than one if this helps you position your body more comfortably. Think about adjusting your mattress or buying a new one if you believe this will help. Be creative and brainstorm what you can do to modify your sleep environment to facilitate your sleep. Take Advantage of Good Conditioning Good sleep is a natural physiological process.

They don’t escalate their dose. And their use of the drug isn’t an avoidance strategy, allowing them to mitigate their fear of pain. Nonnarcotic Analgesics Nonnarcotic analgesics include acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol), aspirin, and the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. The NSAIDs are generally most effective in pain conditions where there’s a proven inflammatory process, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Beyond that, they’re of only

the spouse’s behavior in any way affected the patient’s perceived level of disability. We defined pain behaviors as those things people do when they’re in pain to communicate to others that they’re suffering; examples include groaning, moaning, walking with a limp, asking for pain medications, crying, and becoming quiet. Wellness behaviors are things people do to show others they’re active and not sick or suffering. We also looked at whether the patients reported that their spouse reacted

important the role of psychosocial factors in explaining why you hurt and how you cope with pain. Addressing chronic pain requires your attention to the multiple layers of your pain problem. Approaches focused exclusively on a cure simply do not work. You need to manage your chronic pain, not try to cure it, and pay attention to the nonphysical factors that influence your pain experience. I’ll say more about acceptance of pain later in this book. For now, try to keep in mind that turning your

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